BNF to celebrate 50th anniversary

Turning 50: BNF members during a previous event
Turning 50: BNF members during a previous event

The BNF, which was founded in 1965 ,immediately after the country’s self governing elections and just before independence in 1966 will be celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

At the time of its formation the party aimed to unite the opposition which had split in the earlier years and mobilise all the progressive forces under one banner to take over power from the neo-colonial Botswana Democratic Party (BDP).

The major force behind this was the late Dr Kenneth Koma. Kgosi Bathoen Gaseitsiwe, a progressive Chief of the Bangwaketse tribe who resigned from his position to join the BNF and lead it.

The party has been a force in the local political landscape, influencing the development of the trade unionism and influencing the introduction of pro-poor policies. It contested the Elections for the first time in 1969 and has been the second most popular political party since then. In the 2014 General Elections, it contested under the banner of the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC), The UDC brings together the BNF, Botswana People’s Party (BPP) and Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD). The UDC came second after the BDP. One will therefore not be wrong to say that the UDC epitomises the unity of opposition parties that the BNF has always fought for.

The national event which will be held during the last quarter of this year will be preceded by Regional Celebrations. Veteran members and those who have sacrificed and made outstanding contributions to the growth of the party will be acknowledged.

The National Committee will be headed by Cde Moeti Mohwasa.  Details of the celebrations will be shared with the nation after consultations with relevant authorities and structures.

* Moeti Mohwasa

BNF Information and Publicity Secretary

Editor's Comment
What about employees in private sector?

How can this be achieved when there already is little care about the working conditions of those within the private sector employ?For a long time, private sector employees have been neglected by their employers, not because they cannot do better to care for them, but because they take advantage of government's laxity when it comes to protecting and advocating for public sector employees, giving the cue to employers within the private sector...

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